Remembering Othniel Charles Marsh 1831 to 1899

Right this moment, March 18th, we at The whole lot Dinosaur commemorate the lifetime of the American palaeontologist Othniel Charles Marsh. The eminent professor and president of the celebrated Nationwide Academy of Sciences handed away on today in 1899.

Othniel Charles Marsh

Thought to be one of many nice pioneers of American palaeontology he described greater than a dozen new genera of dinosaurs, primarily based on fossils excavated from the Western United States. He was liable for naming and scientifically describing most of the most well-known of all of the Dinosauria. Brontosaurus, Apatosaurus, Triceratops and Stegosaurus had been all named by Marsh.

Natural History Museum (London) - Sophie the Stegosaurus
A view of the anterior of “Sophie” the Stegosaurus stenops specimen on show on the London Pure Historical past Museum. Othniel Charles Marsh named and described the primary Stegosaurus species in 1877. Image credit score: The whole lot Dinosaur.

Theropod Dinosaurs, Prehistoric Birds and Pterosaurs

Marsh additionally named and described the theropod dinosaur Allosaurus (1878), named and described toothed-birds, early horses and studied the primary pterosaur fossils identified from the USA.

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For all his educational and scientific achievements, maybe O. C. Marsh is finest remembered for his bitter rivalry along with his fellow American scientist Edward Drinker Cope. A rivalry that grew to become often called the “Bone Wars”.

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